Category Archives: sex abuse

Pope Francis’ Accusation

Even Cardinal O’Malley is visibly perturbed at an off-the-cuff, seemingly angry remark by the Holy Father. This one, regarding a controversial bishop: The day someone brings me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk. But there is not one … Continue reading

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On Scandal and a Funeral

Author and catechist Joe Paprocki had a facebook comment on Cardinal Law’s funeral: Our Church is quick to deny a funeral to someone in a gay marriage because of the “scandal” it would cause but then has a Vatican funeral … Continue reading

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A Cardinal Passes

The word’s in the news of the passing of Cardinal Law, unfortunate and deserved lightning rod for sex abuse cover-up. The nearness of death was whispered here. I get this metaphor: (T)he moment is bound to bring a “media circus” … Continue reading

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The Seven Percent Finding

On BBC this morning, this item from Australia. An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. Australian bishops and religious orders weren’t singled out. Consider … Continue reading

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Bishop Accountability

Liam linked word of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on bishop accountability. I haven’t found the actual text yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to be out. I noticed this: … the competent Congregation of the Roman Curia may initiate … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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Persistence of Bad Vision

I continue to be amazed at the persistent misreading of the John Jay Report by many online Catholics. Just recently, a priest blogger offered an off-hand comment that “most of the sex abuse by priests was against young men.” I … Continue reading

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